Monday, August 21, 2006

Refresher course

As a result of my recent slump... I decided to do an eigth circle of doom with CT-ART. Since I completed the seven circles in May and then STOPPED, my calculation skills seemed to be waning. Starting at ground zero. I hope to reset the bad trend.

The Polgar Brick has been a supplement... but I find it not as fulfilling as the actual interaction of the CT-ART ( or similar) program.

I've been focusing too much on opening preparation this summer with dimminishing returns. As for the quest with Strategy 2.0, I can't seem to find my stride. I've done quite a few problems relating to Pawn structures ( which has the highest number of problems) but since I can't test according to level like CT-ART its hard to get into gear. I may pick up Convetika's end game CD ... later this fall.

The sword's dull, rusty and heavy... need to get back into shape.

6 comments:

Montse said...

sharpen it, sharpen it

Globular said...

Might I humbly suggest, good Sir Knight, to do the problems grouped by theme instead of by difficulty. I know, I know, it is not the way of Sorcerer De La Maza, however, many other men who are so learned in the ways of Science believe that is a better way to learn. They may also explain, once agin, how sheeps bladders can be used to prevent earthquakes.

Besides, "It's only a model."

-Globular the Shrubber

BlunderProne said...

Ahhh... geee.. why hadn't i thought of that?

( note sacarasm)

The Problem I was having with Strategy staying within the theme was that I was getting lost in the 50-70 difficulty level problems as I was trying to practice on a basic theme like pawn structure.

I can "dial down" the level to a specific ELO range and this seems to help.

Steve said...

George - I've done about 650 of the CT-ART problems, and I'm into the level 40s. Did you find it valuable to continue and do the higher difficulty problems in CT-ART? Something Igor said to me recently makes me wonder if it's worth the study time.

Steve

BlunderProne said...

Steve,

I found it beneficial to do EACH level several times ( seven in my case) until I score in the 90% range before moving on to the next higher level.

Steve said...

Makes sense. Thanks.